Ive got an ASUS P5Q pro runnig an intel e8400 wolfdale socket 775 processor.
Really want to upgrade to a Xeon quad core seing as there so cheap now.
Don't wan't to buy though if it won't fit.
You'd want to compare the cost of a X3370 / Q9650 upgrade carefully. A Core i5 750 and new 1156 motherboard would cost less than just the CPU upgrade for the P5Q Pro.
I was thinking about an i5. but i really want to wait for the i7 to drop in price majorly. when i get the i7 i want to go all out on the RAM and mobo aswell. Preferably have the basics of water cooling installed aswell.
Its crazy but ive found the X3370 to be about £20 cheaper than the Q9550. (x3370 £250)
Also the socket 775 mobos are so cheap that when I upgrade cpu im doing psu aswell and its going to leave me with enough parts to build another pc on top http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1250W-Enermax-Revolution...
take a look at that beast, i should be set for time lol.
If you're going to be running 3 GTX 480s in SLI thats about the right PSU.
You don't want a X3370 system when you can get a Core i7 860 system for the same price (or less)
Intel Xeon X3370 Socket 65nm, Quad Core, 3.0GHz, socket 775 £283.06 and Asus P5QL £66
Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 45nm, Quad Core, 2.8GHz, socket 1156 £237 and Asrock P55 Pro £95
Socket 775 MBs might be cheap but with the £45 difference in CPU price you can easily find a super 1156 P55 MB & i7 860 for less.
4GB of DDR2 and DDR3 are about the same price.
Same for the X3370 upgrade. Your E8400 is still quite a good CPU. Stick with what you have or go for the i7. Doing a 'middle-upgrade' is only going to postpone the time when you can do that new build you want.
Its ok, ive already got an 800w psu. My plan is to upgrade cpu on this pc and get a cheap mobo, gpu, ram and case and mix it with the parts im replacing in this one to make a second pc .
Because my pc atm is the entertainment hub for me and my partner (tv, music, internet, games). Its a pain if I want to do something she doesnt. Like she hates me going on this website when shes here, and i hate wathing her on facebook lol.
That psu im hoping will future proof me for a while, its what i did with my case (800d, shes a beast). Buy big now, don't replace it for many years to come.
I want it to be able to handle water cooling, and at some point two gtx480's or simalar. When they drop in price lol. No chance im spending that on a graphics card atm, let alone two.
The i7 looks lush, I want them to bring out the new revisions and drop the price sumink chronic before i invest though. Maybe a few more mobos to choose from aswell.
Your right about the E8400. Its served me well, real value for money. Hopefully it can live out its retirement in peace being my girlfriends internet processor haha!